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Medications for Influenza

Other names: Flu; The Flu

What is Influenza:  A contagious viral infection of the nose, throat and lungs which often occurs in the winter.

Medications to treat Influenza

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
Tamiflu C N 231 reviews
6.0

Generic name: oseltamivir systemic

Drug class: neuraminidase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
oseltamivir C N 237 reviews
6.0

Generic name: oseltamivir systemic

Brand name:  Tamiflu

Drug class: neuraminidase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Coricidin HBP Cold & Flu N N X 2 reviews
8.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
amantadine C N Add review Rate

Generic name: amantadine systemic

Drug class: adamantane antivirals, dopaminergic antiparkinsonism agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Relenza C N 2 reviews
5.0

Generic name: zanamivir systemic

Drug class: neuraminidase inhibitors, inhaled anti-infectives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Percogesic N N X 1 review
10

Generic name: acetaminophen / phenyltoloxamine systemic

Drug class: analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine N N X Add review
9.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Brand names:  Tylenol Cold & Flu Severe, Sudafed PE Cold & Cough, Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Severe, Mucinex Fast-Max Severe Congestion & Cold, Vicks DayQuil Severe Cold & Flu, Delsym Cough+ Cold Day Time, Mucinex Children's Cold, Cough & Sore Throat, Decorel Forte Plus, Mucinex Fast-Max Severe Cold, Sudafed PE Pressure+Pain+Cold

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
acetaminophen / phenyltoloxamine N N X 1 review
10

Generic name: acetaminophen / phenyltoloxamine systemic

Brand names:  Percogesic, Dologesic, Acuflex, Ali-Flex, Zflex, Myophen, Relagesic, Dologesic DF, Lagesic, RhinoFlex 650, Zgesic

Drug class: analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Dologesic N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / phenyltoloxamine systemic

Drug class: analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Acuflex N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / phenyltoloxamine systemic

Drug class: analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Coricidin HBP Maximum Strength Flu N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Tylenol Cold & Flu Severe N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Sudafed PE Cold & Cough N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Severe N N X Add review
9.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
zanamivir C N 2 reviews
5.0

Generic name: zanamivir systemic

Brand name:  Relenza

Drug class: neuraminidase inhibitors, inhaled anti-infectives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Brand names:  Tylenol Cold, Alka-Seltzer Plus-D Multi-Symptom Sinus & Cold Liquid Gels, Childrens Tylenol Cold Plus Cough, Comtrex Cold and Flu Maximum Strength Tablet, Theracaps Multi-Symptom Cough & Cold Reliever

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine N N X 2 reviews
8.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine systemic

Brand name:  Coricidin HBP Cold & Flu

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Ali-Flex N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / phenyltoloxamine systemic

Drug class: analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Mucinex Fast-Max Severe Congestion & Cold N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Rapivab C N Add review Rate

Generic name: peramivir systemic

Drug class: neuraminidase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Vicks DayQuil Severe Cold & Flu N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Zflex N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / phenyltoloxamine systemic

Drug class: analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan systemic

Brand names:  Coricidin HBP Maximum Strength Flu, Triaminic Multi-Symptom Fever

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Delsym Cough+ Cold Day Time N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Mucinex Children's Cold, Cough & Sore Throat N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
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Alternative treatments for Influenza

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Influenza. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Influenza.

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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